Fortnight of Awesomeness Preview!

The what now? Well…we’re spoiled around here. Really spoiled. There’s a lot of great music, both local and visiting, in Inverness. While every fortnight isn’t QUITE as packed as this one you’d be hard pressed to go too long before finding something really good that you want to go to. And it’s easy to find out what’s on, just bookmark The List and I’ll keep you informed. Anyway the last week of April and first week of May are particularly juicy so I though I’d stick together a wee post. This is by no means meant to be comprehensive but there’s plenty to get your teeth in to with this little lot

THURSDAY 25TH APRIL

Can kick off a bit earlier than usual for you if you’d like. Not for me I’m working. 7pm to be exact at Hung, KOBI will be holding the single launch for All The Way

Later on than that in Hoots you can catch two fantastic bands on a co-headline tour. Brown Bear and the Bandits, who I caught at Loopallu and MV and did an interview with for the show, are the greatest band to ever emerge from Largs. Probably, I mean I’ve never heard another band from Largs. Fantastic folk rock anyway. And Miniature Dinosaurs, also a Loopallu watch, who I described as “a bit new wave, a bit retro, with a lead singer with a voice a bit like your man from the B-52s”.

If that’s all too loud for you head up to The Bothy where it’s Carnivale night. That’s 4 artists (this month Robin Abbot, Patrick Duff, Iain McLaughlin and Hamish Roberts) playing acoustic sets in a nice relaxed setting. The Bothy is up stairs at Mad Hatters, which is up stairs at Hoots.

And you could also go to The Greenhouse in Dingwall for some open mic action. Always a fantastic standard of music, always a great atmosphere. And informally there’s a “shut the fuck up and don’t use the door” while people are playing rule. So shut the fuck up and wait for 2 minutes if someone is playing.

FRIDAY 26TH APRIL

Features the return of one of the most fun acts I saw live all of last year, the absolutely mental Dingus Khan. If we’ve never met and you’re wondering who I am wait until Knifey Spooney comes on as I’ll be the idiot singing along rather loudly.

And if you’re a bit of a metal head, Karma Lounge is the place for you where Alt X is holding a 6 months until Halloween party. I assume dressing up is expected, but at the very least the music will be way better than the average pub (depending on your taste).

It’s also my mum’s birthday. Happy birthday Mum!

SATURDAY 27TH APRIL

In the afternoon the Greenhouse in Dingwall will be holding they’re weekly Saturday Set. This week it’s the fantastic Duncan Overmeer who has a new album coming out. Great guitar playing, throaty voice, very well put together tunes, brilliant atmosphere, little China cups. Ace.

Also in the afternoon and in to the evening, a mini festival will be happening in Inverness. Shedstock 2013 in the Music Shed. I assume anyway, been a bit quiet on that front and I’m only aware of two bands at the moment. One is indie rock band Silver Coast and the other is very loud filthy punk band Cactus and Cardigan from Thurso, so should be good.

In the evening proper Mad Hatters as a couple of damned fine bands. Be Like Pablo, possibly being acoustic but I don’t know that for sure, followed by Kid Canaveral. As almost always entry is nowt and the staff are friendly. And the DJ after plays really good stuff for dancing like a muppet to.

SUNDAY 28TH APRIL

Another launch and a return of that Duncan Overmeer fella. As it’s his album launch he should probably be there. If you missed him on Saturday, or enjoyed it a lot and want to see him again, get yourself along and pick up a copy of Rumour Mill. It’s really rather good.

I have some of the listings for May BUT haven’t thoroughly looked yet. So let’s assume the only things on Monday and Tuesday are my show from 6 until 8pm on http://www.abcradio.co.uk (Tuesday should have a Duncan Overmeer session on it) and Wednesday is a day off.

THURSDAY 2ND MAY

It’s kind of a Loopallu fortnight actually. On a pre-album launch tour tour, no idea if my nagging helped any, Public Service Broadcasting will be in the Ironworks. Music composed of live drums, live guitar/banjo/etc, electronic bits and samples from public information type films. Pre-lu I wasn’t entirely sold, post-lu I’m a bit of a fan boy. J. Willgoose puts all the elements together live to ensure there’s a chance of fucking up and Wrigglesworth is a cracking drummer. ALSO behind the guys there’s a film edited together from said show and the films are great. Hell of a show, get along.

FRIDAY 3RD MAY

The show I’m calling the Brew at the Bog fringe, as if I’m at anything it’ll be this, The Eagle will be hosting Megan Blyth, Nicky Murray and Furry Vengeance. Great local line up there. I know there aren’t many words here, what more do you need me to say?

SATURDAY 4TH MAY

Non music wise it’s two things, Star Wars Day (May the fourth be with you) and Free Comic Book Day. So whatever you are doing get along to Heroes For Sale first and pick up some free funny books. And pay for a couple too. Alas I won’t be joining you as I’ll be crazy busy and already out at the farm for….

Brew at the Bog. What I thought of as the first of the festivals, but that’s MV. First of the “camping in a field and standing in a different field with beer and tunes” festivals though. Fantastic line up and a proper preview piece is on it’s way soon. Get your liver in training too as the Brewdog beer can be pretty damned strong!

Also pretty damned strong, the rock stylings of Toby Michaels’ Rolling Damned who can be found in the Ironworks launching their single A Little Bit Of What You Fancy (Does You Good) which is possibly my favourite of their tunes. Support is provided by Last Summer Effect so it’ll be a good show all round. And being TMRD expect some theatrics.

After all that, well simultaneously with the end of Brew, Karma Lounge will be hosting Indieness. Expect a Star Wars vibe at that as well, plus some fantastic music being played. I’m also calling this the Brew at the Bog after party so if you can still walk/see/have any energy left get along.

I’m no doubt missing something, sure there’s something on the Sunday as well, but this isn’t comprehensive. I was also slightly wrong on one point at the start. If you take out the festivals this pretty much IS a typical couple of weeks around here. Keep an eye on The List to see what’s on and get out and enjoy some live music. You live in a mecca for it. Unless you aren’t from around here, in which case move. The scenery is nice too.

Music News For The Highlands Part 2 13/01/2013

And the news continues (part 1 here). This isn’t in any particular order btw. I should get that printed on a t-shirt…

Nut Productions: The young fellas are back releasing videos again and hit the milestone of 200 YouTube subscribers as a result, well done guys! They’re latest offering is a rather subtle video for local singer songwriter Dylan Tierney. Here’s Dylan with Do You Ever Think? He’s new to me and damned good. Dunno if Barry and Ryan are reading but if you are I think he’d be a good shout for a Furry Vengeance / either of you solo support.


Brew At The Bog: My own preview piece for BatB is still being worked on and once it’s fully completed (may be a while, I’m checking out each band, sticking a description in and contacting bands for music for the radio. Time consuming!) I’ll spread the word. Until then if there’s any update to the line up I’ll let you know here. Like this: Three new acts have been added to the line up and they are Discopolis, Kitty The Lion and Miaoux Miaoux. I love how that last two seem to be related. Tickets are available here, and physically at Brew Dog bars and stores. And if you are going say so at this event.

Inverness Gigs: The fellow band bothering website has been nominated for a Highland and Islands Media Award! Congratulations to everyone over there, lovely bunch of people who do some fine work. Like this piece on Music + which would be of interest to the young musicians out there and I can’t be bothered writing my own.

The Newmarket Bar: Some sad news now. The Newie has closed, though it may pass on to someone else who has a passion for music. I’ve never been but many artists have expressed a love for the place and they were getting some amazing acts playing up there. Hopefully it won’t be too long before those up north have a cracking venue again.

Matt Stockl: Sometimes it’s a bit tricky to tell if a tune is by a solo project or the band. Matt is the lead singer in Naked Strangers but I’m 90% sure this is one of his and not the bands. So, the latest from the Ullapool musician is called Saturate Me and you can listen to it here. Very nice it is too.


Cleavers: The boys are hard at work on some new tunes that are a bit poppier but also heavier and more concise (I’m quoting) and will be dropping some of the older stuff from their set. Listening to the newest EP (Life is Shit, buy it here) compared to the earlier stuff you can hear them coming together solidly as a band so I’m very much looking forward to that. Enough waffling from me though, here’s a video for Brian Johnson’s Hat slightly badly mimed in a Dundee Travel Lodge. Now that’s fucking PUNK, tea and coffee making facilities BIATCH!


Furry Vengeance: Not ones to piss about the Furry’s have some merch on the way. Not one but 4 t-shirt designs, which look like they’ll be available in long and short sleeve t versions. You can see those designs here and I’ll be getting my hands on one when they’re available for sure. When that is….I dunno, but I’ll let you know when I know. Or at least the weekend after I know.

Cactus and Cardigan: They started recording their debut EP a few days back. That’s it, not all the news posts are big. And even if I can’t play the stuff on my show I know a man who can .

That’s your lot for this week. You can here 2 hours of great unsigned and independent music, including some from the locals, with me yammering in between from 6-8pm on a Monday and Tuesday at http://www.abcradio.co.uk and ABC Radio Alness on the TuneIn app. They’ll go up on the mixcloud after as well. The picks for 2013 are staying up there all month but normally shows are only available for a week. For site updates please like the Facebook page and you can now follow on Twitter. And you may have noticed that the site has a proper URL now so welcome to Friedgoldmusic.com 😀

Music News 17/12/2012

Hey kids, couple of wee bits and bobs for you.

First up, Brew at the Bog 2013 have announced most of their line up. My preview piece is here and will be updated with descriptions of the bands over the next few days. Monday and Tuesday being a bit of a wash for me because of the radio show. That’s also Star Wars day, so hopefully some Jedi will show up. ALSO ANNOUNCED for that week in May, Public Service Broadcasting will be playing the Ironworks on the 2nd. Essentially I want to hibernate until May now.

Lewis Hamilton Music have a wee Christmas present for any blues fans out there. You can stream all of Jock’s Juke Joint Volume 2 right here on Reverb Nation. Cracking present that.

And lastly, Megan Blyth had an accoustic gig in the Ironworks on Sunday. A video from that gig has emerged. A very rare cover from Megan, here’s her doing 7 Nation Army. Very soulful rendition, cracking stuff.

That’s your lot, check you…well tomorrow possibly. Don’t forget to tune in to http://www.abcradio.co.uk tomorrow from 7 till 9 for a local extravaganza as I plug every danged gig I know about for the rest of the year

Brew at the Bog 2013 Preview!

I only managed to make it to a few festivals last year, 3 to be exact, and I loved every one. Hopefully 2013 will contain a couple more but for me the festival season starts with a very specific one. Brew at the Bog. Held at award winning venue Bogbain Farm it’s got a friendly atmosphere, some great music, some great beer from Brew Dog and….bloody cold weather. WELL 2012 did anyway. While it’s set at the May Day bank holiday weekend this years was unseasonably cold. And that’s the important bit. The one negative thing….shouldn’t have happened. So there’s a very good chance that this year it won’t. And even if it does, it didn’t put anyone who attended down and we all still had a damned good festival.

PLUS it’s only £20. £30 if you camp and you probably should as the craic at the campsite on the Friday night was great. I wimped out and went home on the Saturday so can’t really speak to that night. Won’t be the case this year though, I’m hardened now. If camping isn’t for you it’s really close to Inverness anyway so you can get a hotel room or something. Or just go home after if you’re local.

Here is a bit of what last year was like from Breaking News North (yes, that’s me) and here’s a wee session with Anna Meldrum from Kitty The Lion.

So this year it falls on the 4th of May, here’s who you’ll get to hear. And who I’ll hopefully be getting session tracks for the show from. If there aren’t descriptions yet you’ll have to do some leg work of your own, but I’ll update to include one for everyone.

Fatherson – One of my ones to watch in 2013. Fantastic at being a bit mellow, fantastic at being really loud, sometimes in the same song! Great folk rock music fronted by a very powerful voice and bouyed by very strong lyrics.
Randolph’s Leap – a melodic 8 piece pop folks band out of Glasgow. They sound brilliant, and instead of doing my own description I’ll quote my favourite DJ. “They are ace” – Marc Riley, BBC 6Music. Don’t need any more endoursement than that in my book.
Homework
FOUND
Fake Major
United Fruit
Cherri Fosphate
Olympic Swimmers
This Silent Forest
Adam Holmes And The Embers
Trapped in Kansas
The Stagger Rats
James MacKenzie
The Winter Tradition
Michael Cassidy
Donald MacDonald And The Islands
Sienna
Poor Things
Captains
HelloVideo
Bronagh And The Boys
JP Jones
Sion Russell Jones
Tomos Lewis
Jonathan Powell
Shambles Miller
Seven Summits
Verse Metrics
The Whisky River Band
Chris Devotion and the Expectations

PHEW! That’s loads. Thankfully the start times are a bit staggered so you can in theory catch a wee bit of everyone if you want to.

E-Tickets are available from http://www.bogbainfarm.com or via the BrewDog shop. The festival lives here on Facebook, and I can be found here. See you in May!